You don't have to have celiac disease (gluten intolerance) to reap the benefits of the gluten-free diet.
Specialists say that you can significantly reduce the intensity and strength of seasonal allergies if you try a gluten-free diet. Plus, there are at least 7 more benefits to cutting out or drastically cutting gluten. Here's who they are:
To improve the he alth of your digestive system
If you suffer from indigestion, bloating, and discomfort during and after meals, going gluten free may be right for you. Gluten causes inflammation of the intestines, also damages their tissues, thus reducing the amount of useful elements that can be absorbed. Reducing or stopping gluten will reduce stomach pain and tightness, gas, diarrhea and constipation.
You will improve your mood
Gluten intolerance is often associated with symptoms such as headaches, foggy thinking, low mood, depression and nervousness. Gluten is known to interfere with the production of the neurotransmitters - serotonin and dopamine - which in turn are associated with good mood, libido and quality sleep.
Better Cholesterol Levels
Eliminating gluten means you will stop eating a lot of unhe althy foods – salads, cakes, biscuits, crackers, etc. They contain partially hydrogenated trans fats, high levels of s alt and palm oil. These ingredients will raise bad cholesterol and lower levels of good cholesterol. Instead, choose fruits or vegetables that are high in fiber, vitamins and minerals.
You will reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes
A recent study proves the link between gluten intolerance and some cardiovascular diseases. In addition, the damage to the intestines that gluten causes leads to the intake of less useful substances, and therefore heart problems. Another study suggests that celiac disease and diabetes, both autoimmune diseases, may be caused by shared genes. The American Diabetes Association advises all children with type 1 diabetes to be tested for gluten intolerance, and it is recommended that they try a gluten-free diet.
Gluten-containing foods can lead to bloating and weight gain because they contain mostly carbohydrates. By eliminating pasta and sweets, we will also reduce our intake of extra calories from the butter, cream, cheese and yellow cheese they contain.
Joint pain will decrease
Celiac disease is mostly associated with digestive and stomach problems, but it also causes an immune system reaction, increasing the risk of inflammation. That is why pain in the joints - especially in the knees, back and wrists - are often symptoms of the disease.
You will reduce lactose intolerance
People who suffer from gluten intolerance often also show symptoms of lactose intolerance. The intestinal damage caused by celiac disease prevents the proper absorption and breakdown of the enzymes found in dairy products.